Sports activities Mole previews Saturday’s Championship conflict between Bournemouth and Watford, together with predictions, staff information and attainable lineups.
The Hornets are third, solely behind the Bees on aim distinction, whereas the Cherries have slipped out of the highest six and now sit seventh.
Each groups have been relegated from the Premier League final season and have aspirations to go straight again up.
Inconsistency gave the impression to be costing Watford a shot at automated promotion, however they’re at present on a run of 4 successive victories – their longest successful streak of the marketing campaign.
Though fourth place Swansea Metropolis, who’ve two video games in hand, are within the driving seat for second place behind Norwich Metropolis, Xisco Munoz’s facet have made an announcement of intent over the past couple of weeks.
Their newest victory got here on Wednesday evening as objectives from Joao Pedro, Ismaila Sarr and Ken Sema secured a 3-2 triumph over Blackburn Rovers, however Munoz has urged his staff to kill video games off earlier.
It was solely a fifth away win over the season for Watford, who’ve conceded the fewest objectives on the street within the Championship (11) but additionally scored the third fewest (11).
If the Hornets are thriving underneath the strain, then Bournemouth are probably crumbling as they lost 2-1 on Wednesday in a vital fixture in opposition to Cardiff Metropolis.
It allowed the Bluebirds to leapfrog the Cherries within the desk on objectives scored and the South Coast facet are outdoors of the highest six for the primary time all season.
It was not the begin to life as everlasting supervisor that Jonathan Woodgate would have wished and Bournemouth have now misplaced two video games in a row after being unbeaten within the former England defender’s first 4 matches as caretaker boss.
The Cherries have solely misplaced 4 video games on the Vitality Stadium this season, however three of these defeats have come for the reason that begin of 2021.
It continued a current pattern on this fixture – 10 of the final 14 video games between the 2 sides have ended stage, with two Bournemouth wins and two Watford wins.
Bournemouth Championship type: LWDWLL
Bournemouth type (all competitions): WWDWLL
Watford Championship type: LDWWWW
Jonathan Woodgate is prone to make adjustments after a second successive defeat, with Jack Wilshere and Shane Long entrance of the queue for a beginning spot after being named on the bench in opposition to Cardiff.
Dominic Solanke is nearing a return from his ankle damage which has saved him out for the reason that starting of the month, however Woodgate has confirmed that David Brooks is about to be sidelined for 4 to 5 weeks with an ankle drawback of his personal.
Xisco Munoz revealed that Nathaniel Chalobah performed by way of sickness in opposition to Derby final weekend so the midfielder was rested on Wednesday, however he might return on the Vitality Stadium, denying Dan Gosling a reunion along with his former membership, who he left in January after six and a half years as a Cherry.
That might be the one change that the Hornets make, with Munoz’s Four-Three-Three system proving profitable for the reason that change in formation two weeks in the past.
Bournemouth attainable beginning lineup:
Begovic; Carter-Vickers, S. Cook dinner, Kelly; Smith, L. Cook dinner, Lerma, Stanislas; Wilshere, Billing; Lengthy
Watford attainable beginning lineup:
Bachmann; Femenia, Troost-Ekong, Sierralta, Masina; Cleverley, Chalobah, Hughes; Sarr, Pedro, Sema
We are saying: Bournemouth 1-2 Watford
Watford are actually the facet with the momentum, however Bournemouth might be searching for a response to their newest two defeats and it might be a good sport on the south coast. We fancy the Hornets to take all three factors although, as their assault on the highest two continues.